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Protests planned at London stock exchange over links to massacre in Bangladesh

THE London Stock Exchange will be hit be protests on Friday over its links to a massacre in Bangladesh.

Activists are demanding that British mining firm Global Coal Management (GCM) is delisted from the stock market.

The firm is pushing ahead with plans to extract an estimated eight million tonnes of coal from a mine in Phulbari, north-west Bangladesh.

Demonstrations have dogged the scheme for years and in August 2006 three teenagers were shot dead and more than 200 injured during a non-violent march, activists claim.

Nuruz Zaman, a survivor of Phulbari shooting and a local community organiser, said: “GCM is a fraudulent and murderer company who killed three of our young people for simply watching over a non-violent demo.

“We halted the mine 13 years ago. But GCM are selling shares in London Stock Exchange in the name of Phulbari. They continue abusing us.”

Events to mark the 13th anniversary of the shooting will start in London on Friday and finish in Phulbari on Monday.

GCM had not responded to requests for comment at the time of going to press.


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